Bahrain has a reputation as a relatively liberal and modern Persian Gulf. The government  has encouraged tourism development which is a significant source of income. Despite a recent period of political liberalization including some changes in the criminal code, in 2011 during the ‘Arab Spring’ major protests against government policies led to massive street protests.
The law is silent on private, non-commercial sexual acts between consenting adults. The law therefore allows homosexuality and it is not criminalized in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Traditional religious mores view homosexuality and cross-dressing as signs of immorality, which may impact how the legal system deals with LGBT-rights. Law enforcement agents and the courts have broad discretionary powers to issue fines and or jail time for any activities deemed to be in violation of traditional morality.

 

Bahrain - Durrat Al Bahrain  (photo-woodsbagot.com)
Bahrain - Durrat Al Bahrain (photo-woodsbagot.com)
Bahrain - Durrat al Bahrain off-shore site  (photo-wayfaring.info)
Bahrain - Durrat al Bahrain off-shore site (photo-wayfaring.info)
Bahrain - man in front of Grand Mosque  (photo-telegraph.co.uk)
Bahrain - man in front of Grand Mosque (photo-telegraph.co.uk)
Bahrain - Workers renovate the Naval Support Activity Bahrain Child
Bahrain - Workers renovate the Naval Support Activity Bahrain Child Development Center. Most manual workers and domestic servants are foreigners from south Asia, India, Pakistan, Philippines, etc. (photo-Stephen Murphy)
Bahrain - Grand-Prix  (photo-hoteliermiddleeast.com)
Bahrain - Grand-Prix (photo-hoteliermiddleeast.com)
Bahrain - hotel
Bahrain - hotel
Bahrain - house for sale  (photo-localpropertyindex.com)
Bahrain - house for sale (photo-localpropertyindex.com)
Bahrain - Isla de Aldar beach  (photo-Caroll Cabrera)
Bahrain - Isla de Aldar beach (photo-Caroll Cabrera)
Bahrain - Manama skyline  (photo-picture4u.net)
Bahrain - Manama skyline (photo-picture4u.net)
Bahrain - man with cell phone at Grand Mosque (photo-msnbc.msn.com)
Bahrain - man with cell phone at Grand Mosque (photo-msnbc.msn.com)
Bahrain - Manama skyline  (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com)
Bahrain - Manama skyline (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com)
Bahrain - Manama waterfront  (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com)
Bahrain - Manama waterfront (photo-battutabahrain.blogspot.com)
Bahrain - One dinar note  (photo-aes.iupui.edu)
Bahrain - One dinar note (photo-aes.iupui.edu)
Bahrain - school children  (photo-galenfrysinger.com)
Bahrain - school children (photo-galenfrysinger.com)
Bahrain - Students aboard World Youth Ship  (photo-shipforworldyouth.org)
Bahrain - Students aboard World Youth Ship (photo-shipforworldyouth.org)
Bahrain - Bahrain University  (photo-darden.virginia.edu)
Bahrain - Bahrain University (photo-darden.virginia.edu)
Bahrain - wind turbines at World Trade Center  (photo-e-architect.co.uk)
Bahrain - wind turbines at World Trade Center (photo-e-architect.co.uk)
Bahrain - World Trade Center
Bahrain - World Trade Center
Bahrain - Woman with four kids  (photoi-stefanakis.info)
Bahrain - Woman with four kids (photoi-stefanakis.info)
Bahrain - young girl  (photo-marcopolis.net)
Bahrain - young girl (photo-marcopolis.net)
Bahrain - young girl  (photo-timeoutbahrain.com)
Bahrain - young girl (photo-timeoutbahrain.com)
Bahrain - protesting cleric
Bahrain - protesting cleric
The 2011????????2012 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the February 14 Revolution
The 2011????????2012 Bahraini uprising, sometimes called the February 14 Revolution was a sustained campaign of civil resistance. As part of the revolutionary wave of protests in the Middle East and North Africa, the Bahraini protests were initially aimed at achieving greater political freedom and equality for the majority Shia population and expanded to a call to end the monarchy of King Hamad following a deadly night raid on 17 February 2011 against protesters at the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, known as Bloody Thursday. Protesters in Manama camped out for days at the Pearl Roundabout, which functioned as the centre point of protests there. After a month, the government requested troops and police from the Saudi Arabia and UAE. The response has been described as a "brutal". The police carried out midnight house raids in Shia neighborhoods, beatings at checkpoints, and denial of medical care in a campaign of intimidation. More than 2,929 people have been arrested. (photo-(persephonemagazine.com)
Bahrain - protester at Pearl monument
Bahrain - protester at Pearl monument
Bahraini Shiites hold banners and portraits of prisoners during a
Bahraini Shiites hold banners and portraits of prisoners during a protest calling for their release in Manama, 03 February 2008. The trial of 15 Bahrainis on charges relating to deadly unrest in Shiite populated areas in December 2007. There was a heavy police presence outside the justice ministry as relatives and friends of the 15 accused shouted anti-government slogans and called for them to be set free. (AFP/Getty photo-Adam Jan)
Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manama
Bahraini army tanks take position near Pearl Square in Manama on February 17, 2011. Riot police stormed through the square firing rubber bullets and tear gas in a harsh crackdown on anti-regime protesters that left four dead, witnesses and opposition said. (AFP/Getty photo by Joseph Eid)
Bahrain - Saudi military vehicles enter Bahrain to help quell
Bahrain - Saudi military vehicles enter Bahrain to help quell protesting Shia people. (photo-yemenfox.net)
In this image from video armored personnel carriers roll towards
In this image from video armored personnel carriers roll towards Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo by Tony Mitchell)
Bahrain-financial-trouble-behind-calm-facade photo: telegraph.co
Bahrain - map
Bahrain - map
Bahrain - Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, king of Bahrain
Bahrain - Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, king of Bahrain (photo-Scott Olson / AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrain - oil refinery  (photo-vimac.com.vn)
Bahrain - oil refinery (photo-vimac.com.vn)
Bahrain - airport control tower  (photo-bac.bh)
Bahrain - airport control tower (photo-bac.bh)
Bahrain - Al-Fateh Mosque, Manama (photo-galenfrysinger.com)
Bahrain - Al-Fateh Mosque, Manama (photo-galenfrysinger.com)
Bahrain - basketball game at British School in Bahrain
Bahrain - basketball game at British School in Bahrain
Bahrain - boat harbor
Bahrain - boat harbor
Bahrain - Boys attend Eid al-Fitr dawn prayers at a
Bahrain - Boys attend Eid al-Fitr dawn prayers at a mosque in Riffa (photo-news.bbc.co.uk)
Bahrain - causeway to Saudi Arabia  (photo-tripadvisor.com)
Bahrain - causeway to Saudi Arabia (photo-tripadvisor.com)
Bahrain - Doulos Bookstore  (photo-ixpats.com)
Bahrain - Doulos Bookstore (photo-ixpats.com)